Carrying a bright colored bouquet of flowers, one could tell that nothing would stop Staff Sergeant Luis Del Valle from accomplishing his mission at hand.
In 2009, Del Valle missed his daughter’s 8th grade graduation because he was serving in Afghanistan. Four years later, his daughter is graduating high school, and he promised her then he would move heaven and earth to one day attend her graduation.
“It seems like a moment has flashed and here we are,” Del Valle said. “She’s graduating high school, possibly joining the military herself. It’s a very proud moment for me.”
However, originally Del Valle was not even allowed to be at his daughter’s graduation.
Authorities at Camp Pendleton told Del Valle that he could not leave and would have to miss his daughter’s graduation. When he eventually got special permission to leave his post, he decided not to tell his daughter and planned an elaborate surprise.
“He’s always been there for me, so supportive,” Del Valle’s daughter Mariah said. “And just, I couldn’t have done it without him.”
De Valle said he hopes this touching moment is something the two will cherish forever.
“I hope its something she remembers for the rest of her life, and she remembers her Dad was always going to be there for her,” De Valle said.
In July, De Valle will move back to Chicago after four years in California.